The 2019 BOAAT BOOK PRIZE

 

The BOAAT BOOK PRIZE is awarded annually to an emerging poet who has not previously published a book of poems.

WHEN: April 1, 2019 - April 30, 2019 (ends at 11:59 PST—we see you West Coast)

GUEST JUDGE:

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Matt Rasmussen is the author of Black Aperture, which won the 2013 Walt Whitman Award, the 2014 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His poems have been published in The Literary Review, Gulf Coast, Water~Stone Review, Poets.org and elsewhere. He received a 2014 Pushcart Prize and was awarded the 2015 Holmes National Poetry Prize. A founding editor of the independent poetry press Birds, LLC, he teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College and lives in Robbinsdale, MN.

GUIDELINES: 

  • poets writing in the English language are eligible

  • poets are not eligible to submit a manuscript if they have studied with the guest judge in full-time accredited courses or know the guest judge on a personal level

  • manuscripts should be 48 to 100 pages of poetry, submitted in .docx or PDF formats only, but we're flexible

  • do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript

  • do not include an acknowledgments page

  • the author's biography and acknowledgments are collected separately in the Submittable cover letter

  • simultaneous submissions are permissible, but submitters are asked to notify BOAAT Press immediately if a manuscript is picked up for publication elsewhere

  • manuscript revisions are not permitted during the submission period

  • submitting multiple manuscripts is fine with entry fees for each

READING FEE: $20.00 paid through Submittable

READING PROCESS: Each year we bring on three new anonymous readers to screen submissions. Manuscripts that are submitted are read by at least two of these screeners. All of our preliminary readers are poets who have graduated from an MFA program or beyond, and also have a collection of poems. The screeners select fifteen of the best manuscripts to send our judge. 

ANNOUNCEMENT: All entrants will be notified of the winner and finalists by July 2019.

PUBLICATION FOR THE WINNING BOOK:

  • a foreword by the Judge

  • a $1,000 honorarium

  • 50 free copies

  • the book will be slated for publication around December of 2020

HOW TO SUBMIT: Submittable

 
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WINNER OF THE 2018 BOAAT BOOK PRIZE

 
 

Finalists

“The Flesh Between Us” by Tory Adkisson

“The Fish and the Dove” by Mary-Kim Arnold (selected for publication elsewhere!)

“Portrait as Disorder” by torrin greathouse

“Litany as a Life Raft” by Jeremy Morris

“The Encyclopedia Britannica for Homosexual Boys” by D. Gilson

“Tales of a Distance” by Andrew Gottlieb

“The Moon’s Face Grows Slighter” by Alyssa Jewell

“Preferred Internal Landscape” by Emma Wood

“Same After Life” by Tony Mancus

“Pax Americana” by Andrew Collard

“Ghost Family” by Suzanne Manizza Roszak

“To an Imagined Us” by Jaydn DeWald

“Count Four” by Keith Kopka

“To Bend So Terribly” by Dana Alsamsam

“Lilly of the Valley” by Ines Pujos

“Muzzle” by Brian Clifton

 
 
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2017 BOAAT BOOK PRIZE RESULTS

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WINNER

Redwork by Jessica Fjeld

Selected by Dean Young

Jessica Fjeld is the author of Redwork (BOAAT Press, 2018), which was selected by Dean Young as the winner of the 2017 BOAAT Book Prize, and the chapbooks The Tide (Pilot Books, 2010) and On animate life (Poetry Society of America, 2006), for which she received the PSA's Chapbook Fellowship. In 2015, she was awarded a "Discovery" Poetry Prize by the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center and the Boston Review. Her poems have appeared in ConduitH_NGM_N, iOjubilatPoetrySixth Finch, and elsewhere. A graduate of the UMass-Amherst MFA program for Poets & Writers and Columbia Law School, she lives in Boston with her family, where she works as a lawyer and teacher.

 

FINALISTS

Moon on Roam by Melissa Barrett

Throwing the Crown by Jacob Saenz

 

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